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Queensland Urban Utilities Turtle Salvage

We just love working with clients for whom environmental responsibility is not simply a slogan. Queensland Urban Utilities recently demonstrated their commitment to environmental responsibility when they contracted frc environmental to relocate freshwater turtles from sewage treatment ponds at Laidley, Forest Hill and Boonah. Using our custom-built fyke nets and turtle traps, frc environmental’s salvage team led by Ms Lauren Pratt and Dr Bob Bentley, relocated over 800 turtles representing four species to the Bremer River.

QUU supported a salvage effort dictated by the ‘real-time’ analysis of CPU (catch per unit of effort), ensuring the exercise was far more than ‘window dressing’.

Lauren, who needed to keep a close eye on the ‘freeboard’ afforded by her waders, commented that ‘whilst paddling around in a sewage treatment pond wasn’t what she’d envisaged when at uni, given QUU’s commitment and the great results achieved, the salvage has been immensely satisfying’. We are looking forward to relocating more turtles at Boonah next year, prior to maintenance works starting there.

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